Embrapa received an investment of $260.000 in Vegetal Quarantine. The funds were transferred to Embrapa Genetic Resources and Biotechnology by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA) to complete the building of one of the most important services to agriculture in Brazil, responsible for having blocked the entry of more than 90 exotic pests into the country: the National Quarantenial Laboratory of Embrapa Station.
Source: Portal do Agronegocio
BNDES approved a R$3.93 billion ($740 mm) financing for Gás Natural Açu to build the GNA II thermoelectric plant at the Port of Açu, in northern Rio de Janeiro state. The bank detailed that the thermal plant will have a total installed capacity of 1.6 gigawatts (GW) and will integrate the project of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) generation park under development in the port.
Optical component manufacturer Acacia accepted Cisco Systems’ $4.5 billion offer, days after the network equipment manufacturer took a legal approach against Acacia for closing a previous deal. The revised deal of $115 per share in cash represents a premium of about 33% Acacia’s last closing price on Wednesday.
Source: Money Times
Fintech Solfácil expects to reach R$ 1 billion ($186 mm) in funding for distributed generation photovoltaic systems in 2021 – 10 times more than the R$ 100 million ($18.6 mm) in 2020. The company plans to launch a green rights investment fund (FIDC) this year to raise funds. Currently, resources for loans come from debenture and bond issues. The company had an average monthly growth of 30% in 2020, with a single line of residential financing.
Source: Energia Hoje
BNDES said it has two direct financing contracts with Ford, totalling R$335 million ($62 mm). According to the bank, the services were contracted in 2014 and 2017 and were aimed at projects to develop new products of the automaker in the country. The bank contacted the company to ask for further clarifications about the closure of the plants and is waiting for an answer to assess the impacts.
Sinqia, a leading technology and innovation company for the financial market, will invest more than R$50 million ($9.3 mm) in innovation and startups through Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) funds from 2021 onwards. The company announced the launch of Torq Ventures, the company’s innovation hub and now investment hub.
Source: Money Times
Brazilian agribusiness exports reached $100.81 billion in 2020, the second highest in history, behind only the 2018 record of $101.17 billion, with strong Chinese demand and support from the dollar, the Agriculture Ministry said. In relation to 2019, shipments of agricultural products rose 4.1%.
Ford’s decision to shut down production in Brazil will have a financial impact of approximately $4.1 billion in non-recurring expenses, according to information released by the automaker. Of the total, approximately $2.5 billion will have a direct impact on the cash flow of the U.S. group, mostly related to compensation, termination, agreements and other payments. Another $1.6 billion will come from the accounting impact attributed to the write-off of tax credits, accelerated depreciation and amortisation of fixed assets.
Banco do Brasil informs that a set of measures related to the revision and resizing of its organisational structure has been approved, resulting in the readjustment of 870 service points by Brazil. Therefore, the bank announces that by June, it will deactivate 361 units, being: 112 bank branches, 7 offices and 242 Service Points (PA).
Source: Money Times
The federal government suspended, renegotiated or postponed the collection of instalments of almost R$300 billion ($55.5 bn) in debts it had to receive from companies and individuals in 2020. Since March, the Attorney General’s Office of the National Treasury (PGFN) has adopted flexible measures to collect debt to reduce pressure on debtors who lost revenue amid the pandemic. The fiscal aid covered small to large debtors, with debts starting at R$15 million ($2.7 mm).
Source: Valor Intenational